Fleur Cardinale Starts Organic Conversion

The rooftops of Saint Emilion. Photo: Guy Collins

By Guy Collins

Chateau Fleur Cardinale, a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, is starting a three-year conversion to organic farming and will complete the process by 2024, according to an email from the estate.

The vineyard, which has been owned by the Decoster family since the 2001 vintage, comprises 49 plots spread over about 23.5 hectares (58 acres) in the village of Saint-Etienne-de-Lisse, in the eastern part of the Saint-Emilion appellation, according to the estate’s website. It’s a close neighbor of Chateau Valandraud, which is a Premier Grand Cru Classe B wine.

The average age of vines is 40 years, and it is planted with 76% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Average annual production is 110,000 bottles and the wine spends between 12 and 14 months in new French oak.

Published by GuyCollinsWine.com

I am a journalist writing about the Bordeaux wine market.

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